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On 23/09/2019 at 12:17, lil-minx92 said:

Well put. Which is why I think wasting time and effort and resources on space travel/tourism benefits nobody but those employed by it or making money from it.

This is a brilliant topic for a light hearted thread:

 

" I Ihink wasting time, effort and resources on.........

.........benefits nobody but those employed by it or making money from it."

 

Please insert your top three favourite winges.

 

tennis

soaps on TV

cars

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On 06/10/2019 at 15:10, Earthling said:

The great and the good need somewhere to escape to if a meteor is on a collision course with earth.

Finished  watching 'The Planets' with Prof. Brian Cox the other day. 

 

He reckons we need to move at least to the Jupiter moon of Titan before the Sun expands & engulfs the inner planets.   No worries though, we've got about 5 billion years. 

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10 minutes ago, Baron99 said:

Finished  watching 'The Planets' with Prof. Brian Cox the other day. 

 

He reckons we need to move at least to the Jupiter moon of Titan before the Sun expands & engulfs the inner planets.   No worries though, we've got about 5 billion years. 

Do you think Brexit will be done by then.

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On 28/09/2019 at 17:45, probedb said:

You may want to do some research about what it has given us before making such bold, ill-informed statements.

 

Living on a planet with finite resources and an ever-expanding population, sure let's not try and explore other planets with those resources, let's follow your views and instead allow the human race to die out due to over-population, starvation and exhaustion of the planet's resources.

You're living in cloud cuckoo land if you think we will ever be making meaningful use of the resources of other planets! All the progress to date and we can just about manage a bit of moon dust or a vial of gas if we get lucky and don't crash.

 

At some point people will realise that time, brains and earth's resources are better utilised seeking solutions to over-population, starvation and exhaustion of the planet's resources. This is the planet that the human race evolved on and will eventually become extinct on- in the blink of an eye in the history of time. 

 

And why is extinction such a bad thing?  

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3 hours ago, lil-minx92 said:

You're living in cloud cuckoo land if you think we will ever be making meaningful use of the resources of other planets! All the progress to date and we can just about manage a bit of moon dust or a vial of gas if we get lucky and don't crash.

 

At some point people will realise that time, brains and earth's resources are better utilised seeking solutions to over-population, starvation and exhaustion of the planet's resources. This is the planet that the human race evolved on and will eventually become extinct on- in the blink of an eye in the history of time. 

 

And why is extinction such a bad thing?  

You are of course free (within reason) to control your own extinction but not that of others.

 

One of the brilliant bits of Evolution theory is that the genes of the individuals who think extinction is a good thing only very rarely manage to pass on their genes.

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7 hours ago, Baron99 said:

Finished  watching 'The Planets' with Prof. Brian Cox the other day. 

 

He reckons we need to move at least to the Jupiter moon of Titan before the Sun expands & engulfs the inner planets.   No worries though, we've got about 5 billion years. 

The problem with that isn't about space travel and distances.  It's about how long a 'Civilisation' will last. 

 

As things are...Best guess...??...Humans won't last another 500 years on Planet Earth before we wipe each other out.

 

The exact same goes for 'Any' of the Civilisations out there.!

 

This is why we will Never find life elsewhere...We wipe ourselves out before we are technically capable of finding it.

 

And Visa Versa.

 

 

 

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The drive for space exploration would be honourable in terms of seeking answers to the questions of the universe if we were capable of managing our own planet first.

 

as it stands I would much rather see any expenditure going towards fixing the myriad of problems we currently face on our planet 

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On 20/09/2019 at 20:15, Jim Hardie said:

And a mere 20 light years away. When we can travel at the speed of light, a one way ticket might be affordable. Bring your own food.

We all get a one way ticket sooner or later! 

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On 20/09/2019 at 19:29, ANGELFIRE1 said:

It's called Evolution, it's what humans do and will continue to do until this tiny Planet we inhabit ceases to exist.

 

Angel1.

The notion of humans outliving this tiny planet, it’s a little optimistic you know!

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On 22/10/2019 at 17:05, lil-minx92 said:

At some point people will realise that time, brains and earth's resources are better utilised seeking solutions to over-population, starvation and exhaustion of the planet's resources. This is the planet that the human race evolved on and will eventually become extinct on- in the blink of an eye in the history of time. 

So you don't think space travel is a solution to over-population, starvation and exhaustion of the planet's resources?

 

You're incredibly small-minded. I guess you wouldn't encourage kids to bother to get into learning about the universe because after all what's the point?

 

Nothing wrong with extinction, currently it's what the human race deserves as far as I'm concerned the way it's going but that's an entirely different discussion.

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21 hours ago, probedb said:

So you don't think space travel is a solution to over-population, starvation and exhaustion of the planet's resources?

 

Nothing wrong with extinction, currently it's what the human race deserves as far as I'm concerned the way it's going but that's an entirely different discussion.

Space travel is massively wasteful to the earth's resources, especially manned space travel. If humans can survive another thousand years, by then we "might" have the means to travel to other planets where it would be possible to make a home, but this kind of thing is way beyond our technology today. The only way space flight is even possible now is when it is directly supported by a national government of a wealthy country or several wealthy countries.

 

It is worth reminding everyone that George W Bush promised that his administration would put a man on Mars, but this was later "dropped" when it was pointed out to him that this adventure would cost the whole of the USA's annual budget for 1 year at the time.

 

 

Extinction is an important part of life on this planet it always has been and it always will.

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